16 killed as Molotov cocktails hurled on Cairo restaurant



At least 16 people were and many others  injured on 4 December as three motorcycle-borne masked assailants threw Molotov cocktails at a nightclub in Cairo and escaped.


The masked men threw the firebombs into the club in Agouza district this morning and fled immediately, Egyptian security officials were quoted by run MENA news agency. Victims of the blast burned to death or died from smoke inhalation. The restaurant, also a nightclub, was located in a basement, offering no escape route, the officials said.

An official said the attacker was an employee who had been fired from the restaurant in the Agouza area in the centre of Cairo.

The injured persons have been transferred to a hospital for treatment. The assailants torched the club, located around 5km from Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo that also houses a restaurant.

A security source said primary investigation showed that the three assailants attacked the main entrance of the nightclub with 15 Molotov bottles and birdshots. The attackers used motorcycles to escape after the incident.

The source said the Egyptian police has intensified the search for the attackers.

It may be noted Islamist militants have claimed several bombing and shooting attacks against members of security forces since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013


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